Dr. Susan Brasher is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, and has an extensive pediatric background in both the inpatient setting as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric dedicated hospital and in the outpatient setting as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP). Additionally, she has several years of experience in teaching Pediatric Nursing to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Florida with an emphasis on pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autism spectrum disorder. She has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator (Co-I) of numerous funded grants focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has several years of experience as PI, Co-I, and project coordinator of multiple funded patient-centered outcomes research institute (PCORI) grants working with community members and research teams to address health disparities of children and young adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Recently, she was appointed to be a patient-centered outcomes research institute (PCORI) ambassador to expand knowledge and participation in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) across the country.

Areas of Expertise

Acute & Chronic Care

Caregiver Well-Being

Child and Adolescent Health

Health Disparities

Health Services Research



Teaching & Learning


Vulnerable Populations


Shackleford, J., Chambers, R., Nelson, J., Scott, M., & Brasher, S. (2020 in press). Nurses’ perceptions of rooming-in for caregivers of infants with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). Journal of Pediatric Nursing. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2020.08.008

Muirhead, L., Brasher, S., Vena, C., Hall, P., & Cadet, A. (2020 in press). Assimilation of expert clinicians into the academy: A competency-based faculty development plan. Nurse Educator. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000859

Brasher, S., & Stapel-Wax, J. (2020). Autism spectrum disorder for the primary care provider: Importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Advances in Family Practice Nursing, 2, 159-168. doi: 10.1016/j.yfpn.2020.01.006

Blumling, A., Brasher, S., & Stapel-Wax, J. (2019). Engaging parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to identify rural health disparities and factors related to delayed diagnosis and treatment. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 12(4), 379-389.

Close, S.M., Brasher, S.N., Blumling, A., Talboy, A., & Martyn, K. (2019). Transition of health care in children with chronic health conditions. Advance in Family Practice Nursing, 1, 201-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yfpn.2019.01.004

Elder, J.H., Kreider, C.K., Brasher, S.N., & Ansell, M. (2017). Clinical impact of early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder on the prognosis and parent-child relationships. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 10, 283-292. doi: https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S117499

Elder, J.H., Brasher, S.N., & Alexander, B.A. (2016). Identifying the barriers to early diagnosis and treatment in underserved individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families: A qualitative study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 00, 1-9. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2016.1153174

Brasher, S.N., & Elder, J.H. (2015).  Development of an internet survey to determine barriers to early diagnosis and intervention in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience, 1, 1-5. doi: 10.21767/2171-6625.s10007


Dr. Brasher enjoys teaching Pediatric Nursing to both graduate and undergraduate students.


Dr. Brasher's research expertise is in Pediatrics. Her research primarily focuses on autism spectrum disorder. She is recognized as a interdisciplinary collaborative researcher to address topics in autism spectrum disorder.


  • Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Excellence in Collaboration Award
  • Research Poster Award
  • PhD research poster presentation award
  • PhD Dissertation Award
  • Outstanding Research Presentation
  • Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Golden Key International Honor Society

Selected Media Coverage

Patient-Centered Project Aims to Fill Gap in Addressing Transitioning to Adulthood in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nurturing Engagement in Stakeholders on Transitioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder (NEST)

Forming Partnerships Among Key Stakeholders to Address Transitioning to Adulthood in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Breaking the Cycle of Autism Disparities